Cuyamaca Peak Night Hike

Sunset at Cuyamaca

I had so much fun during the night photo outing to Mount Laguna, I wanted to get out again for more night photos. Alex and I had hiked Cuyamaca Peak a couple of times before already so we drove out in the late afternoon on Friday. Except for the steepness of the paved fire road that leads up there it is not a difficult hike, but traffic was worse than we had expected so we were just a little bit too late to catch the sunset from the peak.

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Leavitt/Sonora/Dunderberg (7 photos)

Fall Colors at Dunderberg Meadows, Lee Vining, California, September 2016.

After the morning stop at Mono Lake we continued further north on Highway 395. We hiked a bit at Leavitt Meadows and then drove up Sonora Pass Road. On the way back we had late lunch in Bridgeport and then briefly stopped at Dunderberg Meadows again – I was hoping to get better photos of the fall colored Aspens, backlit while the sun was still higher. The sun was a bit too low for that already actually.

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Sunset at Dunderberg Meadows (3 photos)

Fall color trees at sunset, Dunderberg Meadows near Conway Summit/Bridgeport, Mono County, California. September 2016.

The clouds that began to move in towards the end of our Red Cones hike looked promising so we went out for sunset. I had fond memories of Dunderberg Meadows and the colorful Aspen trees there. I was hoping to be able to combine them with a colorful sunset!

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Fall Colors in Bishop Creek Canyon (21 photos)

Path through fall-colored aspens at North Lake, Bishop, California, September 2016.

We spent the day after our 20 Lakes Basin hike more leisurely, at Bishop Creek Canyon, where we encountered plenty of fall colors. They worked well with the bright and sunny day, which really made the trees glow when viewed from the right angle.

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